Curls are like hair mazes: full of twists and turns and often difficult to navigate. Luckily for the spiral-haired, MLC Salon's stylists have a road map. A sister salon to local barbershop Major League Cuts, MLC specializes in curly manes, with stylists chatting with clients about their hair wants and needs in both Spanish and English. Coifs of all kinds can undergo transformation at the full color bar, and patrons can study their new styles and eyebrow-waggling abilities in full-length, gilt-edged mirrors.
Good communication between the customer and stylist leads to the most flattering haircuts, so the staff at Studio Irma Beauty Treatments keeps the conversation flowing by fluently speaking English, Portuguese, and Spanish. After sussing out their clients' hair preferences, the professionals set about shaping and styling tresses into classic or trendy looks to suit their wishes. Trims are just the beginning—the salon's coloring, conditioning, and texturizing services can work together to add depth and dimension to virtually any style without writing them into a thoughtful screenplay.
There's no fire beneath the bright white mantelpiece at Substance Salon—its ornate carvings and noble busts simply cement a chic ambiance. However, clients can still warm up with sips of gourmet coffee as they wait for their appointed stylists. The salon staff carries the sophistications of the reception area to each of their stations, where they handcraft 'dos based on the tastes of clients. Pureology products help them wash and blow-dry strands into eye-catching arrays, such as the voluminous Bombshell or the Bohemian—breezy waves that wrap around a full-size acoustic guitar.
Master barber Manny oversees the hot-towel shaves and soothing scalp massages on the gentlemen's menu. The salon also has an entire department devoted to brides-to-be—Styling the Bride—whose members travel to clients throughout New York and New Jersey. Their hair and cosmetic expertise, which results in dazzling updos and radiant makeovers, has been featured on The Knot.
Each styling chair at Hilights Salon doubles as office space for the hairdressers, who start every session with a detailed consultation to make sure they understand the looks their clients desire. Once they have the right mental images, they clip and highlight hair, permanently straighten it, and craft locks into updos more intricate than a bird's nest made of Rubik's Cubes. The staff also includes a bridal specialist and two makeup artists who prep clients on location for their big day.
Despite its industrial-sounding name, there's nothing cookie-cutter about The Hair Factory. Creativity is key for their team of skilled stylists, who can coif hair into updos for special occasions, or revamp looks with edgy, multicolored mohawks. Haircare options, which are available for men, women, or children, top off a menu that also features make-up, tanning, and waxing services, which cater to clients with sensitive skin or commitment-phobic candles.
Jes A. Gichan has been in the beauty industry for more than 15 years and has worked with high-end hair names such as Aveda and Sebastian International. Now Jes trims and layers tresses into dynamic styles as the owner of JAG Salon. While waiting on their highlights to set, clients can question Jes about her many signature services such as hair-thinning therapy, deep-conditioning treatments, and rigging bike baskets to handlebar mustaches.